june contest

The Dove Devotion

After few days of sojourn in the forest, Peace came flying in the air, flapping its wings in ecstasy, an olive leaf held between its beak. The bird has never left its cage without returning with this sign of love…
Chikezie Onwumere
June 9, 2019
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Betrayed

I felt the knife pierce my body from behind, my fingers gripped the sponge I was using to wash the dishes, funny but I could still hear the sound of our leaky faucet. I've heard many talk about death, of…
ADAH TONIA
June 9, 2019
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How We Birth Misandry

I'm here at this funeral, but I'm really not here. Maybe I should've stayed home, but Simi was my best friend. Two months ago, Jide publicly engaged Simi but eventually got married to someone else. A week later, Simi ingested…
Lewis Ogenyi
June 9, 2019
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Baby Dilemma

King Solomon threatened to cut my baby in half. He was bluffing. I have seen the cute puppy pictures he posts on Instagram, so I knew he was bluffing. Still, I was mad he would stoop so low, so I…
Paul
June 9, 2019
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Change and it's tides

My family always retire home for Christmas. The journey buds quiet but crescendos as we causerie over the changes that have dotted our small town. My father would then tell his story of change and it's tide. There was this…
Adodo Ruth
June 8, 2019
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Hands

In '97, your little hands found mine in a children's playroom in Benin and from that day, our story began. We grew up hand-in-hand, weaving through life's many labyrinths. I finally felt your hold slacken as we crossed the threshold…
Akin Onadeko
June 7, 2019
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The Crazy City of Lagos.

I had been thrilled when Uncle Chibuike said I could come spend the Christmas holiday with him in Lagos, so thrilled I couldn’t sleep the night before my departure to the great big city. I would see in Lagos, the…
Adekunle Badmus
June 7, 2019
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LOVE’S FOOTSTEPS

The instant we locked eyes, the world vaporized. I married my sweetheart, a soldier, one year before the Nigerian civil war broke out. Six months into the conflict, while pregnant, I received word that he had been captured by death.…
Ikenna Igwe
June 7, 2019
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STRANGE LOVE

Ikenna got to the river and sat by its bank as usual. He drew his flute from his pocket and began to play sweet serenades. He felt a cold touch on his shoulder; yanking to his feet, he held her…
Aren Victor
June 7, 2019
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SALT

“ I can’t wait to pierce my nose, anklets and waistbeads are just the beginning”... my last thoughts as I fell asleep,before I found myself outside my door at 12.30 AM. My neigbour peeped through her window, I saw her…
Adaugo Emejuru
June 7, 2019
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Fresh Fish

Jeffrey has been in the market for hours. There's fresh fish in his bag. That's what he came for, until he'd seen a mob parading a thief. He's been watching. All this while, the thief has remained silent. Finally, someone…
Wisdom Iwundu
June 7, 2019
june contest

Fresh Fish

Jeffrey has been in the market for hours. There's fresh fish in his bag. That's what he came for, until he'd seen a mob parading a thief. He's been watching. All this while, the thief has remained silent. Finally, someone…
Wisdom Iwundu
June 7, 2019
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Revenge is a drink best served hot

“Give this beverage to your husband…” said the genie “For every time he cheats on you, his … will shrink by a few centimeters.”… “ … I love you, Mwete.” He whispered before collapsing on her. That phrase would have…
Gisele Doh
June 6, 2019
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Feel Africa or remain numb.

Akanbi bit his microwaved dinner. Oh! Taste of Africa, the fresh hotness of Amala that burnt his tongue and how the burst of flavours and spices made up for it. He went for a walk, the air smelt misty and…
Braimoh Ebun
June 6, 2019
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Suicidal

The first time you felt your soul slip away, you had overdosed on drugs. Mama had come into your room and found you shivering as though it were cold. Your siblings had crowded the room, staring with tear filled eyes.…
Godwin Iyamba
June 6, 2019
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Roses of Agonies

My fifty eight years old mama recounts; when imperialism became her nuptials, headed by Lord Lugard. A mother of three noble offspring; Yoruba, Hausa, and Igbo. She gained her free birth, after her white suitors ruptured her cultured hymen. This…
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Now a Woman

"Joy, come and eat", mama yelled at my older sister who was curled up on a stool. "I'm not hungry mama" "Abeg, stand up" I gasped. There was blood everywhere but mama only laughed contently. "You have become a woman…
Feranmi Alajiki
June 6, 2019
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Mother was mad

It crept in like an evil spirit; manifesting in violent fits, unearthly wails and shrieks. Her gaze, inquisitive, as if searching for meaning. The doctor shakes his head; fate has willed it to consume her. Brother is sad, mother died…
Yondy
June 6, 2019
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The Lessons…

Madu's first breathe was under the drums of war in the ruins of what used to be his ancestral lands. He had grew in the hate, in the anarchy and abject poverty that saw him become his breadwinner from the…
june contest

no trace

On sighting me, she veils the Chirechiki in her hands.She was wiping my seeds!!! I tossed my Tabarma(mat) and grabbed her neck. I wanted reasons. She wanted me to do it. Badariya looked me in the eyes and told me…
june contest

Hidden

Back in his room, Dozie was yet to recover from the shock. It was not just because Ekene had assaulted his father but because of the ruinous evil resident in such a young mind. How could he have gone to…
june contest

Army Green.

You scrapped the last seeds of rice on the plate which made the colour on its centre obvious and extra shiny. You could count your heartbeat. That day, Igili came home dangling a piece of paper he called 'transfer letter'…
june contest

Smoked Out

Cries of a baby broke into the quietness of the night sending chills to heart of its mother who rolled over and covered her ears with a pillow. It was 2am. What could the baby possibly need she thought as…
Franklyn Eluagu
June 5, 2019
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SEALED

It was an atmosphere, buttered with slices of thick agony. The fading sun slowly crawled into the night relinquishing its fiery prowess to the brightness of the crimson moon. Mama managed to light the candle,magically wishing she could light up…
Aren Victor
June 4, 2019
june contest

No trace

On sighting me, she veils the Chirechiki she had in her hands.She was wiping my seeds!!! I tossed my mat and grabbed her neck. I wanted reasons. She wanted me to do it. She looked me in the eyes and…
june contest

The Last Supper

That night, the ambience of the living room was eerily calm. Stern faces glared at the food placed on the dinning table, absentmindedly, recalling earlier scuffles and summoning grudges. At last, Amadi broke the silence. "My children, acrimony destroys homes.…
Chikezie Onwumere
June 4, 2019
june contest

RISE!

It was dark, the chirping birds have gone to their nest and the dogs have returned to their lying position. The sun is set, and the moon has taken it's place in the sky. The light to Onome's room was…
Precious Adetunji
June 4, 2019
june contest

RISE!

It was dark, the chirping birds have gone to their nest and the dogs have returned to their lying position. The sun is set, and the moon has taken it's place in the sky. The light to Onome's room was…
Precious Adetunji
June 4, 2019
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A Serene Day

I presumed the outbreak of Ebola news has dispersed wave of shock beneath everyone skin. The usual flexed muscles, pummels and red-pulped faces from passengers entering Danfo, a yellow rugged bus, delved in opacity. I glared humans in kangaroo's clothing.…
John Ogunlade
June 4, 2019
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To Be Free

"Jumoke has not taken in yet o, are you sure that she is going to give me a grandchild at all?" My mother didn't even bother to say hello, before she began her tirades on the phone. She even suggested…
Victor Adakole
June 4, 2019
june contest

Big brother's tears

Wham! Came the spade across my face. I lifted my head to see big brother approaching menacingly towards me, what my crime was, I couldn't say. I only held big sister's hand to avoid her bullying slap and then she…
Mmakan Wills
June 4, 2019
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Humanness corrupts

Love is blind. That's why her kisses blind me to pain, to loneliness... to common sense. This, even after I saw his lips cover hers. But she's only human, so is he, so am I. And that humanness corrupted our…
Omotolani
June 3, 2019
june contest

NO TRACE

On seeing me, she veild what she had in her hands. She was wiping my seeds!!! I tossed the bouquet and grabbed her throat. I wanted reasons. She wanted me to do it. She looked me in the eye and…
june contest

LOVE; AN OMINOUS SEASON

The sun stretched its tired and bloated self across the gloomy sky this morning. It seemed like it had had a slight argument with its nagging spouse; the rain, last night: We had overheard the wind whisper rumor tales of…
june contest

About the Dead

It had been up to a month and nobody had knocked on his door. He laid crippled on the floor while flies buzzed around him. From where they came from, he did not know. All he knew was that the…
Godwin Iyamba
June 3, 2019

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